Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture is dedicated to the architectural and interior design of mixed-use developments in urban centers nationwide. Our portfolio spans the innovative reuse of time-worn historic buildings, to cutting-edge skyscrapers and multi-purpose projects that revive post-industrial destinations.

We are placemakers who are inspired by places and their history, and driven to craft structures and spaces that are authentic to their context. By engaging scale, materials, details and circulation, we activate the urban landscape – and create architecture for people and for communities.

Our design methodology is based on a keen understanding of the development process. We begin each engagement with a rigorous project analysis with the goal to maximize programmatic objectives, meet the pro forma and achieve project entitlement. In close collaboration with our clients, we create timeless buildings that are beautifully detailed with bespoke spaces, while efficiently organized and always constructible.

A signatory to AIA 2030 Commitment since 2017, HPA is inspired to create efficient, long-lasting structures with minimal environmental impact. We target comprehensive green building strategies that promote sustainable best practices, occupant health and wellness, and equity and a sense of community. We find creative and realistic solutions to make projects environmentally friendly without compromising budget, schedule or design intent. By creating buildings that use less energy, we create value for our clients by lowering operating costs – and leave a smaller carbon footprint on the planet.

HPA: 30 Years is an architectural monograph that tells the story of our firm’s evolution within the context of our former West Loop meat-packing neighborhood. Our prolific portfolio reflects our approach of incorporating knowledge-based trends and effective project management to foster sustainable design solutions that activate the urban landscape and transform the way people live, work and interact with each other.

Read the Art of Placemaking, an essay from HPA: 30 Years, here.